Brenda Nikkila

Brenda Nikkila, a licensed professional clinical counselor based in New Brighton, has earned the Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy, according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.

To become a Registered Play Therapist, applicants must have a traditional master’s or higher mental health degree, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.  

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals, school counselors and school psychologists can better communicate with and help clients, especially children. Additional information is available at

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